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Similarities and Differences in the College Persistence of Men and Women

Using national-level data and a two-step procedure combining least squares regression and logit analysis, this paper examines factors influencing college persistence of men and women. Having children has a negative impact on men's persistence but a positive impact on women's persistence. Being Black raises persistence significantly only for women. Age, marriage, and hours worked have a negative impact; and family income, GPA, and being Asian have a positive impact on both men's and women's persistence.